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NY Times misreads Suu Kyi: NLD

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The New York Times misread party leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s views by reporting that she disagreed with supporters’ efforts to bring the military junta to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, a National League for Democracy leader said of an article published three days ago.

DssksonNLD central executive committee member and former political prisoner Win Tin said the newspaper had misrepresented the pro-democracy leader’s views.

“We already have talked about that. At the 16th paragraph of the report, the newspaper quoted her [Suu Kyi] as saying ‘I’ve never said I want them to be brought into the international court’. Of course, that’s what she said. She said it for the sake of national reconciliation,” Win Tin told Mizzima.

“But it did not mean she disagreed with her supporters’ efforts to bring the junta to the International [Criminal] Court. The newspaper said in paragraph 15 … that ‘She said she did not endorse moves among her supporters overseas [to try to bring the junta leaders into international court for crimes against humanity]’. In fact, that’s not what she meant. That’s the reporter’s view,” the NLD co-founder added.

Win Tin reiterated that Suu Kyi agreed with the setting up of a UN commission of inquiry to investigate the junta’s crimes against humanity because she thought such as probe would uncover the truth.

In March, the UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Burma, Tomas Ojea Quintana, issued a report after his visit to Burma to the UN Human Rights Council, which stated that in Burma, there existed a pattern of “gross and systematic human rights abuses that suggested the abuses were state policy that involved authorities at all levels of the executive, military and judiciary”.

Qintana’s report also stated that the “possibility exists that some of these human rights violations may entail categories of crimes against humanity or war crimes under the terms of the [Rome] Statute of the International Criminal Court”. So, he urged the UN to launch a commission of inquiry to investigate such crimes by the junta.

Along with Burmese pro-democracy organisations in exile, at least 10 countries including Australia, Britain, Canada, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the United States, have supported calls for such a UN commission of inquiry on the junta’s war crimes and other human rights violations in Burma.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 27 November 2010 01:06 )  

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